Iowa Water & Land Legacy Coalition to host public forums to discuss conservation budget


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Iowa Water and Land Legacy coalition members are hosting a statewide series of public forums to highlight the need for continued funding for water quality, soil conservation and outdoor recreation programs.

At a time when Iowa’s waters are at their dirtiest in recorded history, and the state is losing five tons of topsoil per acre each year, funding for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship are at historically record lows, making up less than one percent of the 2012 state budget.

In last November’s election, 63% of Iowa voters favored the creation of Iowa’s Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. Representatives from Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy will take questions and guide discussion about conservation issues in the state.

Speakers will include Mark Langgin, Director, Iowa’s Water & Land Legacy and Roz Lehman, Director, Iowa Rivers Revival.

Schedule:

Thursday, March 24th

  • 9 am – 10 am — Des Moines Izaak Walton League Education Center – 4343 George Pflagg Pkwy, Des Moines, IA
  • 1 pm – 2 pm — Council Bluffs Public Library, 2nd Floor Conference Room “C” – 400 Willow Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA

Friday, March 25th

  • 9 am – 10 am — Newton Public Library – 100 N. 3rd Avenue West, Newton, IA
  • 12 pm – 1 pm — Iowa City Recreation Division, Robert A Lee Center – 220 S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City, IA
  • 3 pm – 4 pm — Cedar Rapids Library, Westdale Mall (Lower Level, Seuss Room)  – 2600 Edgewood Road, Cedar Rapids, IA

Tuesday, March 29th

  • 10 am – 11 am — Storm Lake Public Library – 609 Cayuga Street, Council Bluffs, IA
  • 1 pm – 2 pm — Morningside Library – 4005 Morningside Avenue, Sioux City, IA

Thursday, March 31st

  • 10 am – 11 am — Muscatine, IA (Location TBA)
  • 12 pm – 1 pm — Burlington Chamber of Commerce, 610 N. 4th Street, Suite 200, Burlington, IA

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